6 Mental Images to help you make sense of Intercultural Challenges

by Marc Jacobs

Have you ever wondered what the underlying dynamics of Brexit are?

Do you know why many Chinese say ‘YES’ when they mean ‘NO’ or ‘MAYBE’?

Why do the Dutch speak in such a blunt way?

At Itim International, we specialise in answering these questions to help you be more effective in any multicultural environment.

Please click here to read the full article published by HROne

Golden Bridge Awards : Winners Day

by Marc Jacobs

Workshop: Using intercultural intelligence to your advantage in International Business Development

January 12, 2017: Hosted by the British Chambre of Commerce in Brussels and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chambre of Commerce in the UK , the workshop was conducted with the winners of the prestigious Golden Bridge Awards.

Course “Developing Intercultural Competence”

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AUDIENCE

Managers, employees and individuals who want to work more effectively in a global environment.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Using a multi-method approach including case studies and lively intercultural discussions, this programme will:

  • Introduce you to Hofstede’s 6-D model, a scientifically based tool that will optimise daily working practices in an intercultural context
  • Increase your knowledge of and insight into the importance of your own culture in determining your behaviour
  • Emphasize the significance of other cultures’ behaviours, assumptions, reactions, and expectations
  • Sensitise you to identify and deal with cultural challenges in your day-to-day work

 

July 2016: Building on the strengths of a multicultural workforce: a critical skill for the future of Luxembourg

untitled-1By Christine Fornaroli & Marc Jacobs, Associate Partners of Itim International and ‘The Hofstede Centre’

Published by the FEDIL in ‘écho des entreprises’, July 2016 edition

This article brings us to Luxembourg and gives us an overview of some of the difficulties and opportunities for businesses in the area.  It offers practical advice on how to capitalise on cultural diversity by using the power of Hofstede 6D model, a must read for all those managing across cultures.

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June 2016: How to visualize and manage your Corporate Culture

by Marc Jacobs

monkey-improvedBy Marc Jacobs, Associate Partner of Itim International and ‘The Hofstede Centre’

Published in ‘Connecting Competence‘, TWO:16 edition

Multiple studies show that at least 65% of managers say that culture is more important than strategy or operating model. Yet very few can accurately describe their organisational culture. Studies also show that the majority of acquisitions and mergers do not achieve their targets, or even fail completely. Often this is attributed to differences in culture.

Participants in the 2015 annual convention of the IoD (UK Institute of Directors) will have noticed that managing corporate culture was highlighted as a major concern. The VW scandal was a hot media topic at the time, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that culture was highlighted as an important board-responsibility by several keynote speakers.

Peter Drucker once famously said that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”
and according to Lou Gerstner from IBM “Culture isn’t just one aspect of the game — it is the game”

My article introduces you to Prof. Geert Hofstede’s Multi-Focus Model of Organizational Culture.  It is a powerful tool to assess and visualize your organisation’s culture and will enable you to manage it so that it becomes a powerful enabler for your organisation’s strategy.

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March 2016: Commercial negotiation across borders: the culture factor

by Marc Jacobs

By Marc Jacobs and Jean-Pierre Coene, Associate Partners of ITIM International and ‘The Hofstede Centre’

Published by: Luxembourg School of Business, March 2016

Maybe you are a successful and accomplished deal maker in your own country but you struggle to be as successful internationally. You’ve done all the courses, you understand how to develop business and how to close deals, but somehow, it doesn’t work very well once you’re dealing with countries other than you own. Your approach and style that made you very successful in your own country don’t seem to work that well anymore.

Very likely, the reason is to be found in cultural differences between your home country and the countries you are dealing with.  In a world where business is becoming ever more global, the development of intercultural competence has become a strategic topic.

The following quote from a report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit in 2012 illustrates the very point.

“Misunderstandings rooted in cultural differences present the greatest obstacle to productive cross-border collaboration.”

Our article in the Luxembourg School of Business Review introduces you to a system we have developped that will help you to be far more effective and successful in international B2B negotiations.

We build on the academic work of Prof Emeritus Geert Hofstede, who is well known as the father of comparative research into culture and considered one of the top 20 most influential business thinkers by the Wall Street Journal in 2008.

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